Animals

What's this? (Animals)

INTRODUCTION

Introduce the new animals.

Introduce the phrase “What’s this?” and “It’s a/an ~ .”

ACTIVITY

Demonstrate. Cover one animal card, ask ‘what’s this?’, and then make the appropriate animal noise. Allow for an answer. Do this for all the animal cards.

Story Time!

INTRODUCTION

I did a lesson on Australian animals, where I introduced the vocabulary whilst reading the famous Australian children’s story Possum Magic by Mem Fox. I also had a copy of the same book in Japanese (ポスおばちゃんのまほう) which was read by the Home Room Teacher (HRT). This idea could be adapted to suit a variety of different sets of vocabulary, depending on the chosen story book.

Animal Sounds

INTRODUCTION:

  • Teach animal names to students using “Do you like 〜 ?”
  • Teach animal sounds

Ask the students what the Japanese version of animal sounds are and let them guess the English version

  • Story/Song with Old McDonald Had a Farm

Let students fill in the blank for the animal name in the song, ask how many animals are in the picture

Circle Karuta

This game is played with a target question such as, "What animal do you like?" and a target answer such as, "I like dogs."  Vocabulary flashcards (around eight) should be placed on the board for all to see.

Prep: